Established in 2002, the Academy of Science and Engineering has been established to give public recognition to distinguished alumni and special friends of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, who have brought distinction to themselves through their participation, commitment, and leadership in their chosen profession.
SCSE has approximately 15,000 alumni and each year a handful of them are nominated by their departments for induction into the Academy of Science and Engineering. Since 2002, 51 members have been inducted into the Academy. "Our Academy members represent amazing achievements in medical research, entrepreneurism, science, and leadership. This event has become one of the most important dates on UMD's academic calendar and is the highest honor of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering," said SCSE Dean James P. Riehl.
SCSE Academy of Science and Engineering: 2015 Inductees
UMD’s Swenson College of Science & Engineering (SCSE) is proud to announce the induction of three new members to its Academy of Science and Engineering. Dr. John Green, Dr. Mengtao He and Phillip Powers were inducted at the 14th Annual Academy Banquet on September 11, 2015. The Academy is a group of distinguished alumni and friends of Swenson College that have been honored for their dedication, leadership and outstanding contributions to their field.
“This is one of our favorite annual events at UMD,” said SCSE Dean Joshua Hamilton. “It’s great to see our returning Academy members and other supporters, and it’s inspiring to bring them together with the faculty of the College who are so important for the success of our students. This is also a wonderful opportunity to honor the hard work and commitment of our alums and supporters as Academy members.”
Dr. John Green is an emeritus professor from UMD’s Earth and Environmental Sciences department and is known for his collaborative work. Green graduated from Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. in Geology from Harvard University. He joined the UMD faculty in 1958 and specialized in studying the rocks of the Midcontinent Rift which run through Minnesota. Green has enjoyed many honors and was awarded the Goldich Medal by the Institute on Lake Superior geology for contributing to understanding of the Lake Superior area’s geology. “A famous British scientist once said the best geologist is the one who has seen the most geology, and thanks to my time at UMD, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot,” said Green.
Dr. Mengtao He came to UMD as an international exchange student from China. Mengtao received a M.S. degree in Chemistry from UMD in 1989 and his Ph.D. from the U of M Twin Cities in 1993. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Dial Corporation/Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. and focuses on corporate sustainability interests in North America. Over the years, he has received many corporate diversity and sustainability awards. “My commitment to helping other people is something I took from my time at UMD into my career,” said Mengtao He.
Phillip Powers is the founder of Lake Superior Consulting which provides engineering, design and integrity management consulting services to the oil and gas industry. Powers graduated from UMD’s Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering program in 1990 and has worked in the pipeline industry for many years. His experience covers all facets of pipeline integrity and he’s managed everything from small jobs to three billion dollar projects. Powers said, “I’m quite honored to be associated with such an esteemed group of people.”
The Academy was launched in 2002 by the prior SCSE Dean, James Riehl, to honor UMD-affiliated scientists and engineers of distinction, and an induction ceremony takes place annually on the UMD campus. SCSE has approximately 15,000 alumni and each year a handful of people are nominated for the designation by the faculty of the College. A total of 63 members have been honored with Academy membership since it was established. Swenson College is home to ten academic departments, in addition to the Large Lakes Observatory, the UMD Air Force ROTC program, and the Iron Range Engineering program, and connects students with hands-on research opportunities through its collaboration with multiple research institutions and area businesses.